Muslim Heritage

This line is from an ode written by Natty Mark Samuels dedicated to Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Ahmad al-Takruri Al-Massufi al-Timbukti, otherwise commonly known as Ahmad Baba for short, was a well-known teacher, professor, philosopher, Arabic grammarian and an author of over forty books and various works. These words just got me…. 

“All the libraries,

Public and private,

Put to the torch or robbed.

The student howled,

Bookbinder wept,

Professor began to sob.

Wave of invasion,

Rage of destruction,

When ignorance is rife.

The scribe became ill,

Illustrator broke down,

The inkmaker took his life.”

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